How To Find The Perfect Venue
One of the first things to ask yourself is if the venue is within your budget and do they have availability for your big day. Many venues will send detailed packages to let you know their pricing and other miscellaneous items that are included. Look at the packets closely and use The Charming Details’ comparison chart. I suggest picking your top 3 and writing all of the venues down on the comparison chart. You can use this chart to compare venues as you tour them.
DOES THE SPACE MATCH MY THEME AND VISION?
There are many very different venue spaces. A few examples are: the traditional church, winery, a barn theme, etc. Find the type of venue space that appeals to both you and your fiancé. A winery may be further out from the city, so prepare for that travel time when planning. A church will of course have religious rules that guests and vendors will need to follow. A Barn may be outside and may not offer as many plan B options. Take in consideration the location, the ambiance, and your type of interests and make it your own.
CAPACITY AND SPACE
Make sure the venue space isn’t too small where your guests will be tightly spaced. Preplan with the venue and organize your floor plan prior to the wedding day. Consider spacing for the photo booth, disc jockey/band section, cake table, gift table, head table, and dancefloor.
WILL I HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF?
Will there be other weddings going on at the same time? Is there a considerable amount of space between the events without conflict? Ask these questions to the venue sales host. Some brides prefer exclusivity of a venue. Others do not mind sharing a venue. Make sure these align with your vision of your special day.
If you would like a bar at your wedding, make sure you check on those fees in the beginning. Some venues charge a one-time fee to bring liquor in or may not charge at all. Other venues may have a beverage minimum that will have to be met. On top of those minimums you will have to pay for a license bartender. Guest size can also affect how many bartenders you may need. For example: 1 bartender per 75 guest.
DÉCOR, DÉCOR, DÉCOR!
Will this venue be a complete build up and breakdown or does the venue include some décor packages? Make sure to check what is offered regarding décor. Some venues offer items al la carte. Others have preferred rental companies that will need to design and breakdown at the end of the evening. You may prefer the hassle of less vendors to worry about. Therefore, make sure the venue fits your preferences.
Does your venue have a plan B option? Is that plan B option ideal?
I have seen weddings where there was no plan B and everyone was in a frantic the day of. Don’t let that be you. Play it safe and make sure you have a plan B. Make sure that if you decide for an outside ceremony, there will be another covered area just in case of rain.
Hopefully all of these pointers help you get a clearer vision on where you want to spend your special day. Make sure to download our venue comparison chart!